Hypercorrection of /w/-/hw/

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Wed May 26 14:06:09 UTC 2004

It could be interesting to check some old "horse
operas" for how Roy Rogers, Gene Autrey, Hopalong,
etc. said "Whoa".

--- "Baker, John" <JMB at STRADLEY.COM> wrote:
>         Every Kentucky farmer I've ever known,
> including my father, said "wo" to halt his mules.
> I'm not familiar with the ho or hwo pronunciations.
> Maybe it's a horse/mule thing, I dunno.
> John Baker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society
> [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
> Of Peter A. McGraw
> Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 1:49 PM
> Subject: Re: Hypercorrection of /w/-/hw/
> But do you say "wo" or "ho"?
> I understood from the previous discussion that there
> was a consensus that
> the discourse marker is [wo], never [hwo], and this
> has also been my
> observation.  My original message was meant to
> address the horse command
> exclusively, which in my experience is always [ho],
> not [hwo] (or [wo]).
> This being the case, I was wondering aloud where the
> form [hwo] came from
> or whether it still actually exists.
> Peter Mc.
> Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College
> McMinnville, Oregon
> ******************* pmcgraw at linfield.edu

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